Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman speaker of the house and is also the first woman in American history to lead a major political party in Congress, having served as House democratic leader from 2003 to 2007.
Leader Pelosi will mark her 25th year of service in the House representing San Francisco, California's Eighth District in 2012.
Pelosi brings to her leadership position a distinguished record of legislative accomplishment. She led the Congress in passing historic health insurance reform, key investments in college aid, clean energy and innovation, and initiatives to help small businesses and veterans. She has been a powerful voice for civil rights and human rights around the world for decades. Pelosi comes from strong family tradition of public service in Baltimore. Married to Paul Pelosi, she is a mother of five and grandmother of nine.
This lecture is underwritten by The Henry Nias Foundation, courtesy of Dr. Stanley Edelman.
Jeff Greenfield, a veteran political, media and culture reporter and analyst, has spent more than thirty years on network television. He most recently served as CBS Senior Political Correspondent. Prior to his return to CBS News, Greenfield had been senior analyst for CNN since 1998. During that time, he served as its lead analyst for its coverage of the primaries, conventions, presidential debates and election nights, as well as presidential funerals and Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Greenfield also has reported on the media, culture and trends for the cable network. Though the five-time Emmy winner’s reporting has taken him to locales around the world from South Africa, to Japan, to Europe, he is principally known for his coverage of domestic politics and media. He has served as a floor reporter or anchor booth analyst for every national convention since 1988. He has twice been named to TV Guide's All-Star team as best political commentator and was cited by the Washington Journalism Review as "the best in the business" for his media analysis. Before joining CNN, Greenfield was a political and media analyst for ABC News (1983-97), appearing primarily on Nightline and delivering weekly commentaries for World News Sunday.
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